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trumpstylz
01-09-2012, 12:09
For sipping- which is your favorite? Mixing?

Flyfish
01-09-2012, 12:28
For sipping- which is your favorite? Mixing?
Why would anyone buy anything but VOB 100? The price difference is inconsequential and if you are mixing it the higher proof also becomes inconsequential.

CaptainQ
01-09-2012, 13:01
Why would anyone buy anything but VOB 100? The price difference is inconsequential and if you are mixing it the higher proof also becomes inconsequential.

+1. 100 BIB all the way.

jcg9779
01-09-2012, 13:46
Why would anyone buy anything but VOB 100? The price difference is inconsequential and if you are mixing it the higher proof also becomes inconsequential.

We don't have VOB 100 in Atlanta....only VOB 90. I still have my bottle of the BIB from the Sampler last year so I haven't bought the 90 proof version, but that's one reason why it might be purchased. The cost goes up quite a bit if you're talking about buying VOB 90 locally vs. VOB BIB online + shipping. That raises the price per bottle, which takes the VOB BIB out of that "great value bourbon" range.

I think you can get both proofs in Chicago, but not everyone has a Binny's nearby!

trumpstylz
01-09-2012, 20:02
The price difference is usually on par with the difference in price around here.

I'm kind of surprised that nobody said the 90 (i figured it would be 75/25 in favor of the 100)

2highcal
01-09-2012, 20:20
Definitely the 100

White Dog
01-09-2012, 20:30
The price difference is usually on par with the difference in price around here.

I'm kind of surprised that nobody said the 90 (i figured it would be 75/25 in favor of the 100)

As I have access to water, I also vote for the BIB.

CaptainQ
01-09-2012, 20:56
Here are the prices in WA, weird huh.

Brand Name Retail Price Sales Tax Total Retail Price

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 100 PR 9.73 4.82 14.55

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 80 PR 9.73 4.82 14.55

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 86 PR 9.78 4.82 14.60

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 90 PR 9.78 4.82 14.60

RegChumpington
01-09-2012, 21:12
Yet another vote for the 100 - big surprise.

Clavius
01-09-2012, 22:05
The 100-proof VOB is great stuff. Nobody believes me when I tell them this. But that's fine. I put it up there with Weller Special Reserve as one of the best values in bourbon.

LikeItWasSodaPop
01-09-2012, 22:56
I believe you Clavius.

There are actually a few annoying but catchy hip hop songs to which one can sing "V.O.B.! B.I.B.!" instead of the actual song's lame chorus. I had one such tune unfortunately stuck in my head, but now it serves as my VOB BIB pouring chant. I just can't remember the particular song. And that's probably for the best.

But seriously: just say it to yourself right now: V-O-B! B-I-B! It just works, folks.

Old Lamplighter
01-10-2012, 03:45
Here are the prices in WA, weird huh.

Brand Name Retail Price Sales Tax Total Retail Price

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 100 PR 9.73 4.82 14.55

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 80 PR 9.73 4.82 14.55

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 86 PR 9.78 4.82 14.60

VERY OLD BARTON 6 YR BBN 90 PR 9.78 4.82 14.60

Excuse my french...but, WTF kinda tax rate you got there?...and I thought 9.25% around here was bad. Sorry 4 you, maybe (hopefully) a misread on my part.

Josh
01-10-2012, 08:22
I like them both, but the BiB usually edges out the 90. I will say I have had some bottles of the BiB that I liked better than others, but that's the "single batch" nature of the BiB. The 90 is the only one available in Michigan and is still very hard to find. My hopes that it would be more widely distributed after Sazerac bought Barton have not been fulfilled.

When I drink the 90, it's usually in the summer when I tend to drink lower proof whiskeys and mix them more.

The Boozer
01-10-2012, 08:29
Another vote for the 100.

The 90 doesn't excite me. Prefer other bourbons at that price range.

Beer&Bourbon
01-10-2012, 10:25
VOB BiB! I love the stuff and highly recommend it to people.

If you're looking at something else in the range, the 6 year white label Heaven Hill BiB is a few bucks cheaper as well (not quite as good, but close IMHO).

CaptainQ
01-10-2012, 10:29
Excuse my french...but, WTF kinda tax rate you got there?...and I thought 9.25% around here was bad. Sorry 4 you, maybe (hopefully) a misread on my part.

You did not misread it. WA state has the highest liquor taxes in the nation. Liquor taxes are $26.45 per gallon here. :hot:

kc outdoorsman
01-11-2012, 08:38
I would love to get some of either but in Missouri and Kansas no Barton is offered. ANyone know of the closest place to KC to get some?

kickert
01-11-2012, 09:29
I am obviously an uneducated bourbon drinker, because when it comes to sipping, I actually like the 90 over the BIB. Sure I could put 1 part water to 9 parts bourbon and get the same proof, but I find the 90 a bit deeper in flavor.

trumpstylz
01-11-2012, 10:35
I am obviously an uneducated bourbon drinker, because when it comes to sipping, I actually like the 90 over the BIB.

Wow, I'm surprised you're able to get VOB in Africa.

jcg9779
01-11-2012, 11:31
I am obviously an uneducated bourbon drinker, because when it comes to sipping, I actually like the 90 over the BIB. Sure I could put 1 part water to 9 parts bourbon and get the same proof, but I find the 90 a bit deeper in flavor.

You could always cut the BIB with some Bain's! :)

Old Lamplighter
01-11-2012, 14:50
You did not misread it. WA state has the highest liquor taxes in the nation. Liquor taxes are $26.45 per gallon here. :hot:

UN - F^*@!#G - BELIEVABLE! :banghead: :drinking:

callmeox
01-11-2012, 17:21
Wow, I'm surprised you're able to get VOB in Africa.

Ben has awesome taste memory :cool:

JPBoston
06-17-2012, 13:11
Sorry for raising the dead thread -- Figured I'd mention I plan to harass my local big chain liquor stores to order some VoB 100... I've heard too many good things about it, it's annoying that we can't get it here in AZ.

Anybody else have luck when asking a large liquor store to order bourbon brands/varieties they haven't stocked on their own?

bllygthrd
06-17-2012, 13:47
Unfortunately in WV the manufacturer has to petition the State to import and sell their products .... Sazerac has not requested/gotten permission to sell any of the VOB line in WV ... sad.

Thankfully, KY is 40 minutes away!

I usually get the VOB BIB, in the big bottles, because 1) I like it, 2) the cost, and 3) I can add water.

smokinjoe
06-17-2012, 14:38
Unfortunately in WV the manufacturer has to petition the State to import and sell their products .... Sazerac has not requested/gotten permission to sell any of the VOB line in WV ... sad.

Thankfully, KY is 40 minutes away!

I usually get the VOB BIB, in the big bottles, because 1) I like it, 2) the cost, and 3) I can add water.

We call those big bottles "Family Size". :D

I do the same BTW, on the VOB BIB. I just pour it into a regular 750ml, and refill as needed. Usually, doesn't take long to reach that point...
:toast:

nychristopher
09-24-2012, 23:04
Took the advice of the rep at Binny's (on Grand in Chicago) and got the 90 (he thought the 100 was a little one dimensional). I was unfamiliar with VOB; having lived on the east coast for the last 15 years and not recalling having seen VOB, I sought guidance.

I rather like the 90, but based on what folks have said here, I will try the 100 next time. (These days, I consider Old Grand Dad Bonded my day-to-day go to.)

T Comp
09-25-2012, 06:40
My last few bottles of the BIB have been better than ever with little to none of the banana ester funk that was often present in the older squat bottles. At 6 years old it would still be distillate made under Constellation ownership but perhaps better barrels are being picked and batched by Sazerac as they increase distribution of the line.

steeltownbbq
09-25-2012, 19:57
It's comforting to know that while I can't buy VOB in either Ohio or PA, my SB brothers in WV, AZ, KS and MO are in the same boat. 1792 I can find, but won't buy.

Seems like a no-brainer that if you want to sell whiskey and have a value priced product of exceptional quality you would want it in as many markets as possible.

I'm on my last bottle of VOB 100; 'bout time for another trip down I-71.

p_elliott
09-26-2012, 09:08
It's comforting to know that while I can't buy VOB in either Ohio or PA, my SB brothers in WV, AZ, KS and MO are in the same boat. 1792 I can find, but won't buy.

Seems like a no-brainer that if you want to sell whiskey and have a value priced product of exceptional quality you would want it in as many markets as possible.

I'm on my last bottle of VOB 100; 'bout time for another trip down I-71.


I don't think you can buy any Barton product in Iowa as a general rule. There are a couple of stores that spend the extra money and special order some products I have never been to these stores yet.

camduncan
09-26-2012, 13:45
The last time we did an order from Binnys, I threw in a VOB 90 proof on a whim to round out the case. Unfortunately 2/3 of the bottle leaked on it's journey around the world, but the 1/3 that did survive is some great stuff! I've not tried the 100 proof so can't compare, but based on the 90, I'd definately give it a go.

p_elliott
09-27-2012, 10:19
I brought a couple of of VOB home from KY this fall I like them.

BourbonJoe
09-27-2012, 19:22
100 Proof.
Joe :usflag: